Blacksburg, Virginia


Job Description:

Looking for an exciting opportunity to make an impact as a Chief Engineer?

1901 Group (A Leidos Company) has an exciting Chief Engineer position which can be worked out of our state-of-the-art Operations Center in Blacksburg, VA or remote. The Chief Engineer will work with an elite team of IT professionals to maintain and implement an optimal environment for critical customer systems. The Chief Engineer is responsible for translating complex requirements into functional architecture ensuring maximum availability, performance, and security for our DoD customer.


The Chief Engineer will be responsible for the design, documentation, and implementation of cloud infrastructure and services in support of our DoD customer, within a large complex multiple ERP application environment.


• Creating designs, implementation plans, operational documentation, and continual improvement of cloud services

• Conducting cloud migration assessment, planning, and migration activities for varied application sets

• Creating automation capabilities aimed at improving service delivery and gaining operational efficiencies within a DOD AWS cloud environment

• Provide technical process improvement recommendations for standardizing and optimizing system and infrastructure design and architectures.

• Interacting with customer and application stakeholders

• Working closely with Operations teams, other team members, contractors, and application owners to solve complex technical problems related to cloud hosted systems

• Ensuring DOD security standards are built into designs and adhered to as part of the implementation.

• Ensure all aspects of cloud High Availability and Disaster Recovery (DR) are designed, executed, operational and tested.

• Providing technical leadership and architecture guidance to infrastructure implementation and maintenance teams

• Provide and identify opportunities for emerging IT solutions, integration of new technology, technical process improvement, as well as analysis of cloud utilization, with data visualizations, and alternative cloud resource sizing for government consideration to reduce costs and increase productivity

• Provide technical process and cloud architecture improvement recommendations for standardizing and optimizing system and infrastructure design and architectures.

• Experience developing test programs, project plans and roadmaps, and driving them to conclusion.


• Bachelor’s degree and 10 years experience, of which 4+ years of recent experience with AWS Cloud services and solution architect role, additional years of experience will be acceptable in lieu of a degree.

• DoD 8570 IAT Level II baseline certification (CCNA Security, CySA+, GICSP, GSEC, Security+ CE, CND, SSCP)

• Experience in large scale cloud native architecture design utilizing industry and CSP guidance such as the Well Architected Framework

• Familiarity with AWS services such as EC2, VPCs, IAM, ALB, ELB, security groups and an overall understanding of AWS cloud management

• Experience and SME level understanding of architectural designs and standards for ensuring the performance, availability, and security of cloud infrastructure systems in a DOD environment.

• Drives and implements automation enhancements and process improvement efforts that are assigned to multiple complex systems/applications.

• Demonstrate seniority by always following change control procedures, testing changes in non-production environments, developing back-out plans and monitoring infrastructure systems for possible performance, security, application, and system issues.

• Proactively assesses and monitors the current state of the service, user requirements, operations requirements, security gaps and industry trends to propose and deliver a roadmap to ensure infrastructure availability, support, and adherence to security/compliance requirements.

• Efficiently/effectively communicates and follows up in a positive and meaningful manner with stakeholders on problem/project status, proper procedures for system evaluations, current task/project priorities and alternatives to requests for services that do not meet standards.

• Operates well independently, with good judgment and little need for supervision.

• Demonstrates the ability to proactively identify and implement successful preventive measures, as evidenced by minimal issues associated with assigned systems and implementations.

• Facilitates and reviews the definition and implementation of standards, methodologies and best practices that guide the design of technology solutions such as architecting and implementing solutions requiring integration of multiple platforms, operating systems, and applications across the enterprise.

• US Citizen


• DoD Secret clearance is required prior to start (Interim Secret clearance is acceptable)


• AWS Solution Architect Professional certification (or equivalent experience) desired

• Current industry certifications fulfilling the DoD 8570 directive

• Experience with Infrastructure as Code technologies such as AWS CloudFormation, Terraform and Ansible

**Candidates within a commutable distance to Blacksburg, VA preferred

Who Are We?

1901 Group (A Leidos Company) prides itself on looking ahead of our competitors for the next wave of IT trends. We provide our employees with training and development opportunities, preparing them for upcoming technical challenges.

With primary office locations in Blacksburg and Reston, VA, our teams support customers from across the United States. Our innovative IT as-a Service delivery model is supported by industry certifications that ensure quality and efficient IT solutions.

We are transforming the delivery of IT services through the use of enterprise managed services that leverage the cloud to securely monitor, manage, and optimize complex IT environments.

The history of automation is what inspired the name of our company. 1901 was the year that another disruptive technology changed the world: the assembly line. Leveraging skills and materials in an efficient manner within a repeatable process that quadrupled output applies to IT services today.

Pay Range:Pay Range $97,500.00 - $150,000.00 - $202,500.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline onlyand not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

REQNUMBER: R-00095764

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an equal opportunity employer/disability/vet.

Blacksburg, Virginia

At Leidos, quality performance means two things:

  1. Satisfying our customers by delivering the products and services they need on time and in budget.
  2. Continuously improving our processes so that our work meets requirements and is done right the first time.

Our proprietary EngineeringEdge® solution gives us a consistent, company-wide approach to planning, designing, developing, and delivering solutions that achieve our customers’ goals. Comprehensive and customizable, EngineeringEdge is based on industry standards and best practices from:

  • CMMI®, the CMMI Institute.
  • Project Management, the Project Management Institute.
  • the International Organization for Standardization (ISO®).
  • the International Council on Systems Engineering/INCOSE Corporation.
  • Electronic Industries Alliance.
  • Our four decades experience on a wide range of programs.

Many Leidos organizations have been able to earn coveted CMMI maturity level 3 and higher, as well as ISO 9001 organizational designations.

In addition, we have our own high standards for ethics and performance. Investors : Employee Code of Conduct

What does this mean to our clients? High quality products and services, developed in an environment committed to continuously improving processes and uncompromising ethics.

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